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Abigail Rowley was born in Connecticut in the winter of 1717; the daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Fuller) Rowley, she was a descendant of Mayflower passenger Edward Fuller and his wife (whose name is lost to history). She married -- as his second wife, following the death of his first, Elizabeth (Curtis) Gilbert -- Samuel Gilbert, III, in 1740. Abigail died in the fall of 1764; Samuel married for a third time in 1765.
The transcribed records of the birthdate of Abigail Rowley show it as 13 February 1716, an Old Style date equating to 1717, New Style. This does not quite accord with part of the inscription on her gravestone, which shows her death on 23 October 1764 "in ye 49th Year of her Age" -- i.e., at the age of 48 plus some number of days or months. The transition to New Style dating having occurred by 1752, the calculation of "49th Year" is actually one year off; in October of 1764, she was 47 years of age, and in her 48th year.
Source for birth, death and marriage: Hebron Vital Records Barbour Collection. The record notes that she is the second wife of Samuel Gilbert.
Birth (as Abigail Rowlee; date presumed to be Old Style; New Style equivalent 1717): "Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F732-497 : 11 February 2018), Abigail Rowlee, 13 Feb 1716; citing Hebron, Tolland, Connecticut, United States; FHL microfilm 1,376,165.
Death and burial (with photo of gravestone): Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 10 March 2019), memorial page for Abigail Rowley Gilbert (13 Feb 1717–23 Oct 1764), Find A Grave Memorial no. 35283409, citing Gilead Cemetery, Hebron, Tolland County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Don Blauvelt (contributor 46932939); https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/35283409
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Abigail by comparing test results with other carriers of her mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known mtDNA test-takers in her direct maternal line.
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